GENEVA – Junior pitcher Brooke Gaylord starred for the Burlington Central softball team in Saturday's 6-2 victory against Geneva, striking both from the circle and the batter's box.
Gaylord scattered one earned run and seven hits while going 3 for 3 with a home run and a double at the plate.
"I felt pretty good about how I was throwing. I knew the ump was squeezing me a little, but I knew that couldn't get to my head," Gaylord said. "And even if I had a bad inning, I knew I had to help offensively, as well."
Central (11-1) got two hits apiece from Bekah Harnish, Lauren King and Emily Kisch.
Bridget Weitzel (two hits) and Kirsten Searcy both doubled for the 3-6 Vikings.
The game initially was scheduled for a doubleheader at Central, but was changed to a single contest earlier in the week. Late Saturday morning, Rockets coach Wade Maisto and Vikings counterpart Greg Dierks agreed on a change of venue, as well, as the weather in Burlington looked less than ideal for the 2 p.m. first pitch.
"You know how windy it is up at Central. It was too cold," Maisto said. "So I told Greg, I said, 'It's 10 degrees colder up there. Let's just come to your place. We'll got to Central next year.' We've had this miserable weather. I didn't want the girls out there [shivering] the whole time, so we came here where it was more centered, and it worked out, too."
Aurora Central Catholic 3, Sandwich 1: At Sandwich, Paige Miller went the distance for ACC, spacing one run, four hits, nine strikeouts and two walks in seven innings. Amber Konen added two hits – including a double – and scored two runs.
Batavia 12, West Aurora 0 (5 inn.): At Batavia, Luke Horton had two hits and three RBIs while scattering three hits, one walk and two strikeouts in the complete-game shutout. Aaron Hurd (three RBIs) and Laren Eustace (two hits) also sparked the 11-1 Bulldogs.
Bloomington 10-9, Burlington Central 3-6: At Bloomington, Central suffered a sweep in a downstate doubleheader. In the opener, Alex Bell drove in two runs in the sixth to put the Rockets ahead, 3-2, but the host Purple Raiders promptly rallied for eight runs in the bottom half. Cody Schuver went 3 for 3 with three runs in Game 2, which Central trailed, 7-2, after two innings. Mike Lee added two hits and three RBIs for the 4-4 Rockets.
Kaneland second at Ottawa Invite: At Ottawa, individual top-flight titles from Dylan Kuipers (pole vault, 13-0) and Nathaniel Kucera (800 meters, 1:58.35) helped keep Kaneland competitive. The Knights (182 points) were a narrow runner-up to Metamora (189) in the 15-team event.
Kaneland's 4x400 relay of Brandon Bishop, Kucera, Kyle Carter and Dylan Nauert also was victorious, finishing in 3:30.12.
Kaneland second at home meet: At Maple Park, Host Kaneland (301 points) challenged Huntley (324) for the title at the eight-team Jenni's ABC Meet, a field that also included fourth-place Rosary.
The Knights' Lauren Zick won titles in the top flights of the 100 (12.30), 200 (25.65) and long jump (17-6). Victoria Clinton was among Kaneland's other winners, running the 800 in 2:34.47.
East shares Geneva Invite title: At Geneva, St. Charles East and Lincoln-Way East both registered 14 team points, tying for first in the eight-team event. Marmion (10) tied for third, while host Geneva (7) took sixth.
East's Jasper Koenen (No. 1) and Justin Bowman (No. 2) both claimed singles titles, defeating Marmion's Jackson Rettig and John King, respectively, in the championship round.
Geneva's top doubles tandem of Nick Huang and Ryan Doeckel finished second to the pairing from Lincoln-Way East.
East third at Schaumburg Invite: At Schaumburg, St. Charles East defeated Lake Forest, Hinsdale Central and Schaumburg while losing to Palatine and Downers Grove North. The Saints (7-12) finished third overall.
Luke Spicer smacked 37 kills for the Saints in the five matches. Tom DeBruyne had 91 assists and Sam Pulcanio added 43 digs.
East second at own quad: At St. Charles, St. Charles East tallied 12 points to finish behind champion Lake Forest (18). Sam Nitti was a triple-winner for the Saints at No. 2 singles, also knocking off opponents from Streamwood and McHenry.
East boasted four double-winners, including the top doubles pair of Vicki Banas and Victoria Cardona.